Parishioner Support

Mental Health during COVID-19 isolation

The Catholic Truth Society, on their blog, has put together a helpful list of suggestions for several ways in which you can nourish your mental health and spiritual life during this time. A few key points

  • Make a Spiritual Communion: Spiritual Communion is the heartfelt desire to receive Our Lord, even when we are unable because of the distance or for some other reason.
  • Watch Mass: Links to live streamed masses are on our home page.
  • Read the Mass readings of the day: When you can’t attend Mass, you can follow the prayers and readings of the Mass at home.
  • Meditate on the Mass readings: Spend time meditating on the Mass readings and discerning what God might be telling you through them, using Lectio Divina, an ancient method of prayer. There is a guide for how to do this on IgnatianSpirituality.com

Mental Health Tips

Here are some pointers for how to look after your mental health while keeping up to date with the news:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend reading or watching things which aren’t making you feel better. Perhaps decide on a specific time to check in with the news;
  • Stay informed by sticking to trusted sources of information such as government and NHS websites, and updates from the World Health Organisation (WHO);
  • Take some time away from news websites and social media if you are feeling anxious;
  • Mute key words which might be triggering on Twitter and unfollow or mute accounts
  • Mute WhatsApp groups and hide Facebook and other social media posts and feeds if you find them overwhelming.

Domestic Abuse

Since the UK-wide COVID-19 lockdown began on 23 March 2020, there has been a 49% increase in calls and online requests for help relating to domestic abuse. “Violence of this kind should never be tolerated or justified. It is an offence against the dignity of the human person.”

There is help and advice on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales website

Support and Helplines

An extensive list of mental health support and helplines can be found on the Helplines page of the Catholic Mental Health Project website.

Anxiety UK : Phone: 08444 775 774

OCD Action: Phone: 0845 390 6232     Email: support@ocdaction.org.uk

Parish Groups

A few of the groups which exist within our Church are listed below.   If you require further information on the groups listed below, please feel free to contact the parish office (contact details are provided on the ‘Contact Us‘ page)

  • The St. Dominic’s youth group meet every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month in the Narthex from 3 to 5pm. If you are in Year 8 to Year 13, please come along. A  consent form should be downloaded, completed and handed in to one of the Youth leaders, Fr Saju or the Parish office.
  • The Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation group meet  every 2nd Tuesday in the parish room.
  • The St. Dominic’s craft group meet every Thursday in the Narthex from 10am to 12 noon.
  • The Altar Servers form a very important part of the church and every parish is enriched through their dedication and service. For further information, please get in touch with us.
  • The St. Dominic’s Choir meet every Monday in the Church at 7:30 p.m. for further information, please get in touch with us.
  • The Church Cleaning Team. We have a group of dedicated church cleaning volunteers who ensure our Church and the adjoining areas are kept clean and welcoming. At present there is a rota of people who clean the interior of the church weekly. It’s a 2 hour commitment once every 5 weeks. If you enjoy being active, are detail-oriented and hate dust, then this ministry is for  you! Anyone is welcome to join us. If you are interested, please contact our parish office via phone or email and we will respond to you soon.